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2021 AIATSIS Summit


For the first time ever the AIATSIS National Native Title Conference and the National Indigenous Research Conference will be held together over five days.

We are offering a range of flexible registration packages.

Keep up to date here.


Trustee corporations and their Indigenous beneficiaries: meeting challenges in the sustainable utilisation of trust funds.


This workshop will focus on the governance of compensation and other such funds held in trust for Indigenous groups, not on the internal governance of RNTBCs and other Trustee corporations. Its objective is to improve the practice of lawyers, anthropologists, and other specialists in working with Native Title Holders in this significant aspect of the post-determination arena.

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Taking control of our heritage


The Taking Control of our Heritage – Indigenous Cultural Heritage Conference is a place for Traditional Owners to meet and their allies to meet, discuss, and develop programs, strategies and ideas to take control of their Cultural Heritage in Australia.

You can attend both the digital event on 26 November 2020 and physical conference on 15-17 March 2021. Register here.


How native title holders won their fight to save a sacred site on a Torres Strait island

For the Kaurareg people of the Torres Strait this isn't just a hillside. It's sacred ground.

The site is central to the creation story of Muralug (also known as Prince of Wales Island).

In its red soil they see the spilled blood of the warrior-giant Waubin.

His body and the bodies of his wives are represented in rocks that can be seen off another island when the tide is low.

His saw shark sword is their totem.

Native title claim

More heads roll at Rio over Juukan disaster

The mining giant Rio Tinto has surprised observers with its latest attempt to demonstrate accountability over its catastrophic blasting of the 46,000 year old Juukan Gorge rock shelters in the Pilbara last year, with the announcement its chairman and a director are standing down.


Fortescue’s ‘deep regret’ amid new indigenous heritage bungle

Fortescue Metals Group has been forced to apologise to an important traditional owner group in Australia’s iron ore heartland after breaking a government-imposed condition which required the company to wait for indigenous elders to be present when a culturally significant site was developed.


Taungurung Aboriginal corporation's Victorian land agreement in doubt after court ruling

A Victorian Aboriginal corporation is fighting to salvage its $34 million settlement with the government, after the Federal Court found significant legal errors occurred during the registration of the land deal which underpins it.

Agreements, Alternative settlement, ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), Treaty

Water injustice runs deep in Australia. Fixing it means handing control to First Nations

Australia’s laws and policies prevent First Nations from fully participating in, and benefiting from, decisions about water. In fact, Indigenous peoples hold less than 1% of Australia’s water rights.

Agreements, Policies, Water, Water rights

Court of Appeal rules Lake Victoria traditional owner has right to make historic compensation claim

Lake Victoria, in far-west New South Wales, is an important Murray-Darling Basin water storage operated by South Australia to manage its downstream needs and to maintain its security of supply.

To Mrs Lawson, an 84-year-old Paakantyi Maraura elder, it is where dozens of generations of her ancestors are buried.


Legal action launched against NT Government over McArthur River Mine security bond

Traditional Owners near the Gulf of Carpentaria have launched legal action against the Northern Territory Government over its decision to slash the security bond paid by a massive lead and zinc mine.

Compensation, Mining, Water rights